Life Expectancy: 13 - 15 years
Dog Breed Group: Herding Dogs
Weight: 45 - 65 lbs.
Height: 18- 23 inches
See where this beloved breed ranks in comparison to other breeds in 7 key categories.
The Australian Shepherd desires to please you which makes them a relatively easy-to- train breed.
The Australian Shepherd is a moderate shedder. Their coat requires weekly brushing to remain healthy and prevent matting.
Ease of Grooming
Your Australian Shepherd does not require a significant amount of grooming. Weekly brushing is often sufficient. If you notice your Aussie’s coat becoming tangled or matted, you may decide to maintain a shorter coat to keep their coat looking presentable.
This breed is prone to health conditions like nasal dermatitis, hip dysplasia, and epilepsy. It may be best to get eye and hip exams on your Australian Shepherd regularly.
The exercise needs of the Australian Shepherd are extensive. This is not the breed for you if you are searching for a dog who enjoys relaxing for the majority of the day. Your Aussie needs several hours of activity each day to stay happy and healthy.
Good with Children
The Australian Shepherd is very good with children and quickly becomes part of the family.
Barking is generally not a problem with this breed.
The Australian Shepherd is an extremely hard-working, intelligent dog who thrives in an environment where he is permitted to expand his body and mind. He must be kept busy as he is an extremely busy dog. He is not the type of dog to sit around the house and lounge. One brief walk per day is not sufficient for this breed to keep a healthy body and mind. If he lacks activity, he will often become extremely destructive and develop other severe behavioral problems.
The Australian Shepherd not only has a significant amount of energy but is extremely agile as well. Aussies are also known to help with chores around the house including bringing their pet parent various items and helping them clean.
Aussies are extremely intelligent and eager to please their pet parent. This results in successful and relatively easy training.
The Australian Shepherd is a moderate shedder and will require weekly brushing.
- Hip dysplasia - an abnormal formation of the hip socket that can eventually cause crippling lameness and painful arthritis of the joints.
- Epilepsy - The Aussie sometimes suffers from epilepsy which results in occasional seizures. Epilepsy is not a curable condition; however, it can be treated with medication.
- Deafness - Deafness is somewhat common in this breed.
- Osteochondrosis Dissecans (OCD) - OCD in dogs is an orthopedic condition which is caused by the cartilage in the joints growing improperly. This can result in painful stiffening of the joints. OCD is often detected when an Aussie is between four and nine months of age.
- Cataracts - Cataracts, the opacity of the lens of the eye, is fairly common in this breed. Cataracts in this breed are generally not seen until later in age.
- Hypothyroidism - The Aussie is prone to have lowered production and release of hormones. Symptoms of hypothyroidism include lethargy, inactivity, mental dullness, and generalized weakness.
- Drug Sensitivity - This breed is known to have a drug sensitivity, as seen in many herding breeds. This means a drug can become toxic sooner in this breed than others. Signs of drug sensitivity include depression, incoordination, hypersalivation and/or coma. Drug sensitivity may even be fatal in some situations.
- Hereditary Eye Diseases
- Hip Dysplasia
- Heart Disease
- Chronic Allergies
- Drug Sensitivity
- Osteochondrosis Dissecans
- Skin Infections
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